The student lowdown on living in Leeds

Voted 2nd for City Life

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017

A group of students sitting in a cafe

You might have heard that Leeds was ranked 2nd for City Life in the 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, but what makes the city such a great place to be a student? To find out, we asked our students to share their top picks for making the most of your time in Leeds. 

Alice, BA Human Resource Management 

Check out the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, it's very chilled with great music.

The Trinity shopping centre is also somewhere I love spending time, it's got every shop you need and some amazing restaurants.

Image of the inside of Leeds Trinity centre

Chris, BSc Economics and Management 

I really enjoy meeting up with friends for a drink or food. There are so many places with a student vibe in Leeds. 

On campus I spend time in the Terrace, and off campus I really like LS6 Cafe or The Library pub. All students love a cheap deal, and there aren't many things cheaper than their 25p chicken wings every Wednesday!

Emily, BSc Business Analytics 

There's always something going on in Leeds. The nightlife is great, no matter what your scene there'll be something for you here.

For days when you fancy getting out the city, I love spending time at Roundhay Park, a 700 acre area of parkland only 15 minutes from uni.

Lakeside photo of Roundhay Park

Megan, BA Management with Marketing 

My favourite thing in Leeds has to be all the restaurants, I'm such a foodie. Tonnes of them do great student deals too!

I also love spending time in Ilkley, which is just outside of Leeds. I love the city, but Ilkley is a fab place to escape to, especially for sunbathing in the summer months!

Cam, BSc International Business 

The Belgrave Music Hall has a great rooftop bar and even better live music. 

I also love spending time around the student union building, bumping into friends and using the Old Bar as a temporary work space with my housemates.

Trinity Kitchen Leeds

Lolade, BSc Accounting and Finance

Not many people know that you can get a train from Hyde Park and Headingley (the student areas) to Leeds city centre in under 10 minutes! Once there, my favourite thing to do is explore the Corn Exchange, where there are always new stores and boutiques to visit.

For more ideas, check out Lonely Planet's '10 reasons to visit' Leeds.